CEVA, Inc. Announces Fourth Quarter and Year End 2007 Financial Results

SAN JOSE, Calif., Jan. 31 /PRNewswire-FirstCall/ -- CEVA, Inc. (NASDAQ: CEVA)(LSE: CVA), a leading licensor of silicon intellectual property (SIP) DSP cores and platform solutions for the handset, consumer electronics and mobile PC markets, today announced its financial results for the fourth quarter and year ended December 31, 2007.

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Fourth Quarter 2007

Total revenue for the fourth quarter of 2007 was $8.2 million, as compared to $8.1 million reported in the fourth quarter of 2006, an increase of 2%. Fourth quarter of 2007 royalty revenue was a record high of $3.0 million, an increase of 84% as compared to $1.7 million reported in the fourth quarter of 2006 and a 40% sequential increase as compared to $2.2 million reported in the third quarter of 2007. Fourth quarter of 2007 licensing revenue was $4 million, as compared to $5.3 million for the fourth quarter of 2006, a decrease of 24%. Revenue from services was $1.2 million for the fourth quarter of 2007, compared to $1.1 million for the fourth quarter of 2006.

Net loss for the fourth quarter of 2007 was $0.3 million, compared to net income of $0.6 million reported in the fourth quarter of 2006. Diluted net loss per share for the fourth quarter of 2007 was $0.01 cents, compared to diluted net income of $0.03 per share for the fourth quarter of 2006.

The financial results for the fourth quarter of 2007 include equity-based compensation expense of $0.6 million and tax expense of $0.1 million related to disposal of an investment.

Full Year 2007 Review

Total revenue for 2007 was $33.2 million, representing a slight increase of 2%, as compared to $32.5 million reported in 2006. Royalty revenue for 2007 was a record high of $9.1 million, representing an increase of 44% compared to $6.3 million reported in 2006. Licensing revenue in 2007 was $19.5 million, compared to $22.2 million reported in 2006, a decrease of 12%. A total of 36 new licensing agreements were signed in 2007, compared to 38 agreements in 2006. Shipped units by licensees increased 19% to a record 227 million in 2007, compared to 190 million units shipped in 2006. In the fourth quarter of 2007, 86 million units were shipped, as compared to 50 million units during the same period in the prior year.

2007 net income was $1.3 million or $0.06 per share, compared to net loss of $98,000 or $0.01 per share in 2006.

In 2007, the Company recorded equity-based compensation expense of $2.1 million, a gain of $0.4 million reported in interest and other income related to the disposal of an investment and the related tax expense of $0.1 million.

During the quarter, the Company concluded nine new license agreements. Seven were for CEVA DSP cores and platforms and two for CEVA SATA technology, including a strategic $2.5 million agreement with a tier one semiconductor company, the revenues of which will be recognized in future periods.

Target applications for the licenses concluded during the fourth quarter are Smartphones, Portable Multimedia Players (PMP), Personal Navigation Devices (PND), wireless network infrastructure equipment and Solid State Drives (SSD). Geographically, three of the nine deals were signed in the U.S., two in Europe and four in the Asia Pacific region, including Japan.

Gideon Wertheizer, Chief Executive Officer of CEVA, stated: "In 2007, we saw strong adoption of our technology by major suppliers in the handset market, including Nokia, Sony Ericsson, Samsung, LG, ZTE, Sharp, Panasonic, Reliance Communications and China Unicom. These results are indicative of our strength and presence in the DSP market and specifically within its largest segments, the handset, mobile and home consumer electronics segments. From a technology standpoint, we introduced a new DSP core, the CEVA-TeakLite-III, which was successfully licensed to market leaders in the handset and home entertainment markets. We also expanded our market reach and customer base in applications such as DTV, Blu-ray/HD-DVD, surveillance, network infrastructure equipment and Solid State Drives (SSD)."

Wertheizer, continued: "The company continued on its path of growth in the fourth quarter, as reflected in our record royalty revenue, key strategic licensing agreements and strong sales pipeline. The deferral of our income under the new $2.5 million agreement signed in the fourth quarter understates our substantial progress. We will see the full economic benefit from these deferred revenues over future quarters and our business fundamentals are on track."

Yaniv Arieli, Chief Financial Officer of CEVA, stated: "Fourth quarter 2007 royalty revenue was a record high of $3.0 million. The Company's positive cash flow reached record highs in the fourth quarter, and we increased our cash and marketable securities by approximately $12.1 million in 2007 ($10.4 million of it in the fourth quarter). As of December 31, 2007, CEVA's cash balances and marketable securities were $76.4 million and its quarterly DSO levels at year end reached a record low of 28 days. We also surrendered and terminated in 2007 and 2008 two long term property leases in Ireland, thereby improving our future cash flow and significantly reducing our future lease obligations. All these achievements enable us to put new targets and goals in place for CEVA's continued growth, profitability improvement and financial strength in 2008. We have a good start in 2008 by successfully divesting our equity investment in GloNav, Inc. for a meaningful return of approximately $10 million (pre-tax) only eighteen months after the divestment of our GPS business line to GloNav."

CEVA Conference Call

On January 31, 2007, CEVA management will conduct a conference call at 8:30 a.m. Eastern Time / 1:30p.m. London time, to discuss the operating performance for the fourth quarter and year ended December 31, 2007.

  The conference call will be available via the following dial in numbers:

  -- US Participants: Dial 1-877-493-9121 (Access Code: CEVA)
  -- UK/Rest of World: Dial +44-800-032-3836 (Access Code: CEVA)

The conference call will also be available live via the Internet by accessing the CEVA web site at http://www.ceva-dsp.com/. Please go to the web site at least fifteen minutes prior to the call to register, download and install any necessary audio software.

For those who cannot access the live broadcast, a replay will be available by dialing 1-800-642-1687 (passcode: 30294263) for US domestic callers and +44-800-917-2646 (passcode: 30294263) for international callers from two hours after the end of the call until 11:59 p.m. (Eastern Time) on February 7, 2008. The replay will also be available at CEVA's web site http://www.ceva-dsp.com/.

About CEVA, Inc.

Headquartered in San Jose, Calif., CEVA is a leading licensor of silicon intellectual property (SIP) DSP cores and platform solutions for the handset, consumer electronics and mobile PC markets. CEVA's IP portfolio includes comprehensive solutions for multimedia, audio, voice over packet (VoP), Bluetooth and Serial ATA (SATA), and a wide range of programmable DSP cores and subsystems with different price/performance metrics serving multiple markets. In 2007, CEVA's IP was shipped in over 227 million devices. For more information, visit http://www.ceva-dsp.com/

Forward-Looking Statements --

This press release contains forward-looking statements that involve risks and uncertainties, as well as assumptions that if they materialize or prove incorrect, could cause the results of CEVA to differ materially from those expressed or implied by such forward-looking statements and assumptions. All statements other than statements of historical fact are statements that could be deemed forward-looking statements, including optimism about our achievements enabling us to put new targets and goals in place for CEVA's continued growth, profitability improvement and financial strength in 2008; the surrender and termination of two Irish leases improving our future cash flow and significantly reducing our future lease obligations; our potential royalty revenue growth based on our customers adopting our new technologies; the indicative trends of our strength and presence in the DSP market and specifically within its largest segments, the handset, mobile and home consumer electronic segments; and the revenue recognition of the $2.5 million agreement in future periods. The risks, uncertainties and assumptions include: the ability of the CEVA DSP cores and other technologies to continue to be strong growth drivers for the Company; the effect of intense competition within our industry; the effect of the challenging period of growth experienced by the industries in which we license our technology; the possibility that the market for our technology may not develop as expected; the possibility that our customers' products incorporating our technologies do not succeed as expected; our ability to timely and successfully develop and introduce new technologies; our reliance on revenue derived from a limited number of licensees; our ability to continue to improve our royalty revenue in future periods and other risks relating to our business and the pipeline of companies interested in our technologies, including, but not limited to, those that are described from time to time in the Company's Securities and Exchange Commission filings. CEVA assumes no obligation to update any forward-looking statements or information, which speak as of their respective dates.

                     CEVA, INC. AND ITS SUBSIDIARIES
       CONDENSED CONSOLIDATED STATEMENTS OF OPERATIONS - U.S. GAAP
             U.S. dollars in thousands, except per share data


                                Quarter ended              Year ended
                                 December 31,              December 31,
                                 2007         2006      2007          2006
                            Unaudited    Unaudited   Unaudited     Audited
  Revenues:
   Licensing                   $4,012       $5,275     $19,499      $22,160
   Royalties                    3,042        1,656       9,095        6,324
   Other revenues               1,187        1,135       4,617        4,021

  Total revenues                8,241        8,066      33,211       32,505

  Cost of revenues                925        1,013       3,851        4,035

  Gross profit                  7,316        7,053      29,360       28,470

  Operating expenses:
   Research and
    development, net            5,121        4,610      19,136       18,769
   Sales and marketing          1,608        1,477       6,253        6,268
   General and
    administrative              1,587        1,347       5,721        5,882
   Amortization of
    intangible assets              24           41         148          414

  Total operating expenses      8,340        7,475      31,258       31,333

  Operating loss               (1,024)        (422)     (1,898)      (2,863)
  Interest and other
   income, net                  1,016          728       3,636        2,677

  Income (loss) before             (8)         306       1,738         (186)
  taxes on income
  Taxes on income                 243         (273)        447          (88)

  Net income (loss)             $(251)        $579      $1,291         $(98)

  Basic net income (loss)                                            $(0.01)
   per share                   $(0.01)       $0.03       $0.07
  Diluted net income (loss)
   per share                   $(0.01)       $0.03       $0.06       $(0.01)
  Weighted-average number of
   Common Stock used in
   computation of net income
   (loss) per share (in
   thousands):
  Basic                        19,873       19,315      19,606       19,191
  Diluted                      19,873       19,432      20,150       19,191



     Unaudited Reconciliation of GAAP to Non-GAAP Financial Measures

          (U.S. Dollars in thousands, except per share amounts)



                                    Quarter ended          Year ended
                                     December 31,          December 31,
                                     2007      2006        2007       2006
                                Unaudited Unaudited   Unaudited  Unaudited

  GAAP net income (loss)            $(251)      $579     $1,291       $(98)
  Equity-based compensation
   expense included in cost of
   revenue                             28         15         83         53
  Equity-based compensation
   expense included in
   research and development
   expenses                           289        133        935        656
  Equity-based compensation
   expense included in sales
   and marketing expenses              84        191        334        449
  Equity-based compensation
   expense included in general
   and administrative expenses        221        205        779      1,047
  Interest and other income,
   net (1)                             80         -        (345)       (57)
  Non-GAAP net income                $451     $1,123     $3,077     $2,050


  GAAP weighted-average number
   of Common Stock used in
   computation of net income
   (loss) per share (in
   thousands) (diluted)            19,873     19,432     20,150     19,191
  Weighted-average number of
   shares related to
   outstanding options              1,125          -        147         83
  Non-GAAP weighted-average
   number of Common Stock used
   in computation of net
   income per share (in
   thousands) (diluted)            20,998     19,432      20,297    19,274


  GAAP diluted net income
   (loss) per share                $(0.01)     $0.03       $0.06    $(0.01)
  Equity-based compensation
   expense                          $0.03      $0.03       $0.11     $0.12
  Interest and other income,
   net (1)                         $(0.00)         -      $(0.02)   $(0.00)
  Non-GAAP diluted net income
   per share                        $0.02      $0.06       $0.15     $0.11


  (1)  Results for the fiscal years of 2007 and 2006 included a gain, net of
       taxes, of $0.3 million and $0.1 million, respectively, reported in
       interest and other income related to the disposal of an investment.
       Results for the three months ended December 31, 2007 included tax
       provision expenses of $0.1 related to a gain from disposal of an
       investment.



                     CEVA, INC. AND ITS SUBSIDIARIES
                  CONDENSED CONSOLIDATED BALANCE SHEETS
                        U.S. Dollars in Thousands


                                               December 31,     December 31,
                                                  2007             2006
                                               Unaudited          Audited
         ASSETS
   Current assets:
    Cash and cash equivalents                     $40,697          $37,968
    Marketable securities and short
     term bank deposits                            35,678           26,266
    Trade receivables, net                          2,502            8,421
    Deferred tax assets                               861              613
    Prepaid expenses                                  904              564
    Investment                                      4,233               --
    Other current assets                            2,391            1,890
      Total current assets                         87,266           75,722
  Long-term investments:
    Severance pay fund                              3,091            2,338
  Deferred tax assets                                 455              382
  Property and equipment, net                       1,626            1,706
  Investment                                           --            4,233
  Goodwill                                         36,498           36,498
  Other intangible assets, net                         53              201
      Total assets                               $128,989         $121,080



    LIABILITIES AND STOCKHOLDERS' EQUITY

  Current liabilities:

   Trade payables                                    $455             $718
   Accrued expenses and other payables              8,802            9,462
   Taxes payable                                      320              135
   Deferred revenues                                  727              406
      Total current liabilities                    10,304           10,721

   Accrued severance pay                            3,141            2,519
   Accrued liabilities                              1,156            1,697

      Total liabilities                            14,601           14,937

   Stockholders' equity:
   Common Stock                                        20               19
   Additional paid in-capital                     149,772          142,826
   Other comprehensive income                           7                -
   Accumulated deficit                            (35,411)         (36,702)
      Total stockholders' equity                  114,388          106,143
      Total liabilities and
       stockholders' equity                      $128,989         $121,080

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CONTACT: Yaniv Arieli, CFO, +1-408-514-2941, yaniv.arieli@ceva-dsp.com,
or Richard Kingston, Director of Marketing & Investor Relations, +1-408-514-
2976, richard.kingston@ceva-dsp.com, both of CEVA, Inc.

Web site: http://www.ceva-dsp.com/